Politics

The vote on Russia’s new constitution and Russian freedom

Jul
13
By Jonathan Power, an international correspondent

One of the founders of Russia’s Pussy Riot rock band, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, was interviewed on the BBC last weekend. When the group played inside the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour she was jailed for two years for “religious hatred”. She doesn’t seem bitter, but she seems damning. She thinks that last week’s referendum on a new constitution was only held to cement Putin in power for two more decades

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Can Police Brutality be Fixed?

Jul
13
By Okot Nyormoi

I Can’t breathe”. That was the cry of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, as he was being suffocated by a white policeman who had his knee on his neck. It took eight minutes and 46 seconds for the police officer, Derek Chauvin, to commit murder so foul.

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Army Cook Who became His Excellency the President

Jun
24
John Otim

Most of the previous night there were shooting and shelling and gun fights all over town. As dawn broke and the sun rose smoke billowed over the city. On radio and on television marshal music played all morning long. All regular programs were canceled. Then came the coup announcement. And as the news spread the new dictator rode into the city in great style in an open army jeep and gladly

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World War II was Unnecessary and probably Inevitable

Jun
24
Jonathan Power

Last Tuesday June 23 tanks rolled across Moscow’s Red Square. It was the day of the great parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. In the West it’s not that well-known a fact that the Soviet Union lost many more soldiers and civilians in the war than all the rest of the allies put together. Without the alliance of the West with Russia Hitler would have won the war

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A Machiavellian America in the Middle East

May
23
Jonathan Power

The war in Syria has dropped out of the news, like almost everything else, in a time when the Coronavirus seems to dominate all discourse and reporting. But the regime of Bashar al-Assad continues to strangle its own country. The Russians continue to bomb on his behalf. The Americans work semi-clandestinely to undermine the regime and its Russian backers.

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Corona virus and the global pandemic of fear

Apr
20
Anonymous

Let’s get death in proportion. True, Coronavirus is an appalling disease but the number of deaths it has caused this year is far lower than deaths caused by either common flu, car accidents, drug taking, alcoholism or cigarette smoking

 

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Nigeria and Rwanda: A tale of two countries

Apr
20
Theophilus E Daniel-Kagbare

Useful though it is comparison can be a tricky business. Take for instance the fact that the per capita income of Singapore is over USD 90,000 compared to that of the United Sates of America which is USD 60,000. Does that make Singapore better than the United States? Not at all

 
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A Socialist foreign policy for America

Mar
22
Jonathan Power

Even if Joe Biden comes out on top to face Donald Trump for the presidency, Senator Sanders has already pushed the Democratic Party to left. That is all to the good. Biden needs to be more critical of capitalism, more prepared to encourage unionism among workers and more prepared to push for universal health coverage, more taxes for the wealthier classes, among many other things

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